Wednesday, February 20, 2013
It’s become a venue showcasing some of the Lake’s up and coming music stars and increasingly popular family-friendly events.
For the past two years, Old Kinderhook has built its live entertainment schedules to provide a social and relaxed setting for audiences to listen to classic, popular and unique forms of music. And now, with growing fan favorites such as the Boomchucks, Sax on the Beach, London Strangers and Justin Bowling on their playbill, it’s becoming an admired music venue at Lake of the Ozarks.
“We’ve had live music for the last two years, but it’s really starting to catch on with both bands and visitors,” said Jen Bachman, marketing director at Old Kinderhook. “We have live music every Friday and Saturday in season and every Saturday during the off season. Bands are starting to solicit us now for bookings, which is great.”
Bachman said the variety of music is another reason why many patrons have become regular visitors to Old Kinderhook’s Trophy Room, which is where the bands jam out every weekend. With most bands hailing from the Lake Area, musicians such as Justin Bowling provides an acoustic guitar cover and original set list range that spans from 70s classics to current hits.
“His dad used to be in a big band from Branson and he grew up being very musical,” Bachman said, noting Bowling’s father is a elite sales representative at Old Kinderhook. “With his ties with his dad here and his own talent, he has grown quite a following. He has his own band, too, and they perform in venues such as Springfield, Branson and Boonville.”
A two-person duo, London Strangers also provide a smooth mood music for audiences and can also be found playing at Old Kinderhook. Plus, the popular Sax on the Beach features saxophone styling’s to its classic rock and pop ensemble that can play just about everything as well, even taking requests.
For one group, the Boomchucks, their following is well-known throughout the Lake Area and their versatility allows for venues such as Old Kinderhook to use them for more than just weekend live entertainment. There Americana and rock styling’s of their two-three person ensemble as the Boomchucks allows musicians James Clay and Stonewall Jackson to deliver a nice mix of dancing or relaxing while performing out in the Trophy Room. However, get their three-four piece band together and they are better known as, Life of the Party.
“The Boomcucks are really well-received here and very versatile. They play such a variety of music and everyone enjoys it,” Bachman said. “We had our Bluegrass Festival in January and they packed the house that night. Plus their full band, Life of the Party, played for us on New Year’s Eve and was another big hit with our guests.”
Bachman said their variety grows even larger as the Boomchucks will play some Irish music to pair with Old Kinderhook’s St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 16 in the Trophy Room. From four to close, guests can enjoy traditional Irish cuisine including Sheppard’s Pie with sides and salad, corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, pitchers of green beer and a contest for best St. Patrick’s Day attire. Plus, the Boomchucks will take to the stage with Irish flair from 7-10 p.m. Bachman said reservations are recommended for this event.
Live entertainment also goes hand in hand for other events Old Kinderhook hopes to host including its Fourth of July Festival, which will take place Saturday, July 6 featuring bounce houses, children’s games and activities, food, live entertainment and a large fireworks display. Plus, she hopes to return with entertainment, games, family activities, a pumpkin patch and many other events to pair with its Octoberfest later this fall.
“We also have our big Easter Brunch and Mother’s Day Brunch coming up very soon,” Bachman added.
As a enjoyed musical venue, Old Kinderhook’s amenities such as its public golf course, Trophy Room restaurant and boat access with courtesy docks for the public help entice more and more guests to enjoy its weekend music and events. Bachman said she is pleased to see Old Kinderhook’s musical entertainment encouraging more regular guests and providing a laidback place both inside and outside with its fire pits and beautiful surroundings to enjoy great local talent.
“We began having our entertainment in the bar area of the Trophy Room, but now have shifted it into the dining room. More people can enjoy the music that way,” she said. “The other thing people like is they come in for a drink and appetizers and music, or they can sit down for dinner while watching the band. The atmosphere when the music is there lends itself for people to get up, mingle and not a typical bar atmosphere. We are finding that a lot of groups will book their monthly group outings here now which is nice. We hope to see that continue to grow in the future.”
Old Kinderhook and the Trophy Room is located at 56 Club Pl. in Camdenton, off west Highway 54 past the Niangua Bridge, and at the 12 mile marker of the Niangua Arm. For more information about Old Kinderhook’s entertainment schedule, events or amenities, call 573-317-3560 or visit www.oldkinderhook.com.
Old Kinderhook’s Music line-up through March
Feb. 22-23 – Justin Bowling
March 1 – Justin Bowling
March 2 – Sax on the Beach
March 8 – Boomchucks
March 9 – Justin Bowling
March 15-16 – Boomchucks
March 22 – Justin Bowling
March 23 – Boomchucks
March 29 – Sax on the Beach